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Pol Espargaro starts recovery from collarbone surgery

Pol Espargaro starts recovery from collarbone surgery

Monster Yamaha Tech3 rider Pol Espargaro is out of hospital following his collarbone operation at the Universitario Quirón Dexeus clinic in Barcelona on Monday evening.

He has told he will work as hard as he can to be in the best possible shape for the start of the season.

Espargaro underwent surgery by specialist Doctor Xavier Mir on Monday having flown back from Qatar earlier in the day and he remained in hospital overnight until Tuesday morning. Dr Mir carried out further checks on Tuesday and gave the rider permission to head home.

After fracturing his left collarbone in a Sunday evening test crash Espargaro must now undertake physiotherapy in order to recover from the surgery and to prepare himself for the Commercial Bank Grand Prix of Qatar which commences next Thursday (20th March). The Moto2™ World Champion hopes to make his MotoGP debut despite the injury but knows he has some hard work ahead.

“The collarbone was worse than they thought, but Dr Mir said the operation went well and with the plate on the bone I now need to do some rehabilitation work to be ready for Qatar,” commented the rider. “I want to get started on the rehab already and I know it won’t be easy as it’s all happened so quickly, but I’m positive. I don’t know if I’ll be at 100% for the first race, but I’ll work to be as fit as I can.”

His solid performances in testing will only spur him on. He added, “I rode well and felt good. The pace was decent and I managed a good fast lap. Step by step I’m getting there with the bike. This is a setback, but I’m taking the positives from the test.”

Dr Mir, meanwhile, gave some further details on the surgery, stating, “The procedure went well. Pol had a grade three fracture of the left collarbone which was somewhat displaced. He already had two fractures on that collarbone which had not been operated on, meaning the bone was malformed. We’ve reduced the fracture and put a plate on the injured part of the bone. It’s a titanium plate which is curved to fit the bone, fixed with six screws.”

The doctor added that the rider’s fitness for round one could not be assessed yet. “It’s difficult to say how fit he’ll be at this stage,” commented Mir. “There are a lot of factors to consider. Losail has a lot of right hand corners and that helps as it’s his left collarbone which is affected. I don’t think he’ll be at 100% but I think he’ll surprise us and get a good result.”

MotoGP, 2014, Pol Espargaro, Monster Yamaha Tech 3

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